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Dignity Health’s Integrated Breast Center at St. John’s Invites Community to 11th Annual VIRTUAL Breast Symposium

Medical experts discuss breast health in a new decade at a FREE virtual event held in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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OXNARD, CA – September 30, 2020 – St. John’s Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) and St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital (SJPVH), members of Dignity Health Central Coast, invite community members to attend the highly anticipated 11th Annual Breast Symposium on Saturday, October 31. In light of the coronavirus pandemic, and with utmost precaution, the Breast Symposium will be held virtually, in place of an in-person event. 

This year’s Breast Health in a New Decade symposium will be held on Saturday, October 31, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. - noon via Zoom. Advanced registration is required for this FREE event, and participants can join from a smartphone, tablet, or computer.

“This is our eleventh annual breast symposium. We wanted to continue the event, although it meant hosting it virtually for the first time,” said Lynn Jeffers, MD, Medical Director of St. John’s Integrated Breast Center and Plastic Surgeon. “There are new technologies and advancements that can benefit our patients, and now more than ever, we must remind people that although we are in a pandemic, it is essential to maintain routine screenings and exams.”

During this FREE virtual educational session, the Integrated Breast Center (IBC) specialists will discuss breast health and breast cancer topics such as nutrition, radiation therapy, treatment protocols, genetics, risk factors, imaging, breast reconstruction, and balancing life before, during, and after a diagnosis. Following the presentations, attendees will have the opportunity for online, real-time interaction with the panelists.

IBC’s moderator: 

  • Lynn Jeffers, MD, MBA, FACS – Medical Director of St. John’s 
    Integrated Breast Center and Plastic Surgeon

Featured speakers include: 

  • Lisa Babashoff, MD, FACS – General Surgeon
  • Lisa Brand, MD – General Surgeon
  • Lynn Kong, MD – Oncologist
  • Susan Speer, MS, RD, CSO, FADA – Oncology Nutrition Specialist
  • Alicia Zaragoza, NP-C – Certified Breast Nurse Navigator

The IBC at St. John’s comprises a highly specialized multidisciplinary team: breast specialists, physicians, oncology nurses, and therapists, who provide integrated oncology care to the community. The IBC features the most advanced imaging technology, including 3D-Tomosynthesis, for all breast tissue types. The IBC is an award-winning leader in cancer care, providing the latest innovative treatments. It is also a designated Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology, recipient of local and national grant awards including from the Avon Foundation, Plastic Surgery Foundation’s Breast Reconstruction Surgery Public Awareness Grant, Meadowlark Service League, Dignity Health Oncology Grant, and Sientra Full Circle Grant. For more information about the IBC, please visit

Reservations for the virtual symposium are required; please call (805) 988-2641. All are welcome to sign up!

The event is generously sponsored by Pfizer, Victoria Morgan O’Connor Charitable Fund for Academic Excellence and Compassionate Care, Radiation Oncology Centers of Ventura County, and Sientra Full Circle.


About Dignity Health St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital and St. John’s Regional Medical Center 
St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo and St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard are members of Dignity Health Central Coast, an integrated network of top quality hospitals, with physicians from the most prestigious medical schools, and comprehensive outpatient services - all recognized for quality, safety and service. Both hospitals are supported by an active philanthropic Foundation to help meet the growing health care needs of our communities. Hospitals in the Dignity Health Central Coast region also include Arroyo Grande Community Hospital in Arroyo Grande, French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria. Learn more at and


Publish date: 

Wednesday, September 30, 2020